Corwin Berman

Temple University
Thomas and Elissa Ellant Katz Fellowship

Research Topic

A History of Jewish Citizenship in the United States


Lila Corwin Berman holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, both at Temple University. Her current research examines the history of Jewish citizenship in the United States.

Corwin Berman received her PhD from Yale University. She serves as the chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and is a fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research. She is also a co-founder of the Jewish Philanthropy Research Initiative.

Selected publications

  • The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The History of a Multibillion Dollar Institution (Princeton University Press, 2020)
  • Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
  • Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (University of California Press, 2009)



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